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Four arraigned on felony charges after drug deal with informant

Deal led to the discovery of more than 50 packs of heroin and more than $1,000 in cash

March 23, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Four Berkeley County residents accused of being involved in dealing heroin were arraigned on felony charges Monday night after police conducted a deal with a confidential informant, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

That deal led to the discovery of more than 50 packs of heroin and more than $1,000 in cash at a Hedgesville, W.Va., area residence off Cannon Hill Road, according to court records.

Nancy Ann Cavins, 39, of 14 Process Road, Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession of a controlled substance, court documents said.

Joseph Grant Barnhart, 32, of the same address, was arraigned on one count of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance (heroin), distribution of heroin and conspiracy, the documents said.

Michael Jackson Murphy, 43, of 103 Barrett Lane, Hedgesville, and Donald Leroy Telfer, 35, of P.O. Box 2804, Martinsburg, were both arraigned by Bragg on one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin and conspiracy, the documents said.

Barnhart was being held without bond in Eastern Regional Jail on a fugitive from justice warrant after authorities discovered he was wanted in Kentucky on a robbery charge, the documents said.

On Monday, a confidential informant used by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office purchased $100 worth of heroin from Barnhart, according to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Police Cpl. Brian Bean, who is assigned to the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.

The deal happened at Murphy's mobile home along Barrett Lane, and police later found crack cocaine and heroin in Barnhart's pocket, according to court records.

Cavins was found with several Suboxine pills in her possession, and a female who was leaving the residence when police officers arrived said she had been buying them from her, the documents said.

Tefler, who along with the other three defendants were at the Barrett Lane residence when police arrived, was found with straws and a set of scales, the documents said.

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